Thursday, April 11, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Cutters Edged Out By Blackhawks Going Blow For Blow

In a gripping round of rugby league action, the Mackay Cutters faced formidable challenges across divisions. The Hostplus Cup clash against the Townsville Blackhawks showcased a fiercely contested battle at Jack Manski Oval. With an early lead courtesy of Ross Bella's third-minute try, the Cutters traded blows with the Blackhawks throughout the first half. Townsville responded with a four-pointer in the 15th minute, and John Radal crossed for the Cutters in the 25th minute to keep the match level. Christian Gale's try for the Blackhawks just before halftime added to the intensity, with the teams tied at 12-all at the halfway point.
In the second half, Semi Valemei's spectacular intercept try in the 54th minute gave the Cutters a brief lead. However, the Blackhawks struck back with another try ten minutes later to even the score once again. With only five minutes remaining, Townsville sealed the match with a match-winning field goal, clinching a narrow victory of 19-18. Despite the loss, the Cutters showcased resilience and determination, making it a thrilling encounter for fans and players alike.
Meanwhile, in the BMD Premiership ladies' division, the Mackay Cutters continued their dominant form, securing yet another win over the Souths Logan Magpies with a commanding 26-16 triumph. The ladies displayed exceptional skill and teamwork, maintaining their unbeaten streak and further establishing themselves as a force in the competition.
In the Harvey Norman U19s category, the Cutters' girls delivered a standout performance, booking their ticket to the Grand Final after a hard-fought victory over the Western Clydesdales in Brisbane. With a final score of 18-10, the young Cutters displayed resilience and determination, setting the stage for an exciting finale as they vie for championship glory.

The Harvey Norman U19s undergo their Captain's Run ahead of their Semi-Final clash in Brisbane. Photos courtesy of Mackay Cutters

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